Police Beat – July 15 2022

Erratic Mazda

POLICE are seeking witnesses to an erratically driven grey Mazda sedan in the afternoon of Sunday July 3, in the Maffra and Stratford area, particularly on the Maffra-Stratford Rd.

The Mazda has allegedly driven on the Maffra-Stratford Road, towards Stratford and then turned onto the highway in Stratford and nearly had a collision with vehicles on the bridge heading into Stratford.

If anyone has dashcam footage or witnessed the incident, please contact Senior Constable Darcy at the Maffra Police Station on 5147 1026.

Phone Scam Alert

WELLINGTON Police have issued an alert following reports of a phone scam circulating in the Gippsland region, with a caller offering to install a new power-saver device to your electricity meter box, or a new shower head in your home.

These calls are designed for scammers to gain access to your home, and in some cases, the offer may appear legitimate as scammers may have your personal details, but authorities warn that these calls are a scam and implore the community to remain vigilant.

The company whose name scammers are using has cooperated with authorities, stating they do not ring customers with any offers, nor do they have any persons in the area at this time, and are based in NSW.

The public is being urged to be vigilant, do not answer these calls if possible and never give out any personal information over the phone without the absolute certainty of who you are communicating with.

For more information on scams or to make a report go to www.scamwatch.gov.au

Traralgon house fire

LATROBE Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance following a suspicious house fire in Traralgon.

Emergency services were called to a house fire on Hyde Park Road near Rose Avenue just before 3am on Sunday, July 3.

Thankfully the property was vacant, but the house was completely destroyed.

Investigators believe two people were seen running from the fire at the time and are eager to speak to any witnesses, or anyone who may have been in the area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Changes to Firearms Storage Laws

ON August 30, 2022, several changes to firearm storage laws will begin.

It is recommended that firearm owners, and potential firearm owners familiarise themselves with the changes, and prepare themselves to make any changes necessary prior to the change to the law.

Current and future firearm owners must (where applicable) make sure their firearm storage complies with these changes.

Many current firearm owners will already have storage, which meets the updated standards.

This particularly applies if they have a purpose built, commercially manufactured gun safe.

All firearm owners should check their current storage against the new requirements. They should prepare to replace or upgrade their arrangements before August 30, 2022.

For further information, go to https://bddy.me/3aeg6Eu or contact the Divisional Firearms Officer, Leading Senior Constable Stuart Jones on 5150 2630